Still-Life, St. Pelagie
Gustave Courbet  (1819 - 1877)
Still-Life, St. Pelagie
Size unknown
Cat. No. 16847
Presumably small (c. 30 x 40 cm)
Status: The object is looted. Its current location is unknown.

  • The work is probably in Moscow (?). (1)
  • Baron Ferenc Hatvany (rightful owner).
Additional Information
“Baron Ferenc Hatvany (who was of Jewish extraction) was the most famous Hungarian art collector of his time. His collection was one of the finest in Budapest, although not the largest, comprising as it did only some 750-800 works of art. The collection belonging to Baron Herzog was appreciably larger, with 2000-2500 pieces.
Ferenc Hatvany (1881-1958) died abroad. He studied as a painter under the Hungarian artists Ármin Glatter and Sándor Bihari at the artists' colony at Szolnok, and later under Jean-Paul Lurens in Paris, at the Julian Academy. The artists he most admired were Ingres and Chasseriau. As an art collector active between about 1905 and 1942, he purchased mainly masterpieces by 19th-century French painters. The great collection has become dispersed. Some works were taken from banks by the Red Army, and others from the Hatvany house by the SS officers Wilcke, Glasen and Keppler. Baron Hatvany was a generous patron of public collections in Hungary. His home - a villa which formerly belonged to Menyhért Lónyay (a prime minister of Hungary in the period of dualism) - was an elegant building designed by the fine architect Miklós Ybl.” See Sacco di Budapest, p. 223
This work was formerly in the collection of Baron Ferenc Hatvany, Budapest, which has been lost or transported abroad without permission.
According to verbal communication from István Genthon in 1968, there were two still-life paintings by Courbet in the Hatvany collection, which were made around the same period and which were of similar size. Hatvany himself, in about 1930, sold one of the paintings, but the other remained in the collections and was kept in a bank vault.
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Reference Material
(1) A köztulajdonba vett mûkincsek elsõ kiállítása (First Exhibition of Art Works Taken into Public Ownership). Catalogue by Kálmán Pogány. Hall of Exhibitions (Mûcsarnok), Budapest.*

Mravik, 1997. Hatvany Cat. No. 126

Selected literature, 1991: Gerle, No. 44
*Hall of Exhibitions (Mûcsarnok), Budapest, 1919. Room IV. No. 31
Source of Information
Mravik, László, The “Sacco di Budapest” and the Depredation of Hungary, 1938-1949 (Works of art missing from Hungary as a result of the Second World War), Hungarian National Gallery publications, Budapest 1998.

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